Monday, June 7, 2010

Right on Schedule

In one of my earliest posts, I discussed a few of my Sansevieria species, and showed how they had grown over the years. I mentioned that my Sansevieria hallii would produce a new leaf every year, whether I kept it indoors or put it outside for the summer. Well, this year is no exception.

Sansevieria hallii on the front porch, acclimating to the outdoors. There is a new leaf forming at the base of the leaf furthest to the right.

Closer view of the new growth

I love this plant. The phrase, "Strong, silent, type" seems very apt. (Well, plants don't generally make noise, but some of them manage to be drama queens nonetheless.) It has those thick, solid leaves that have earned it the sobriquet 'Baseball Bat.' It is easy to care for, liking a sunny spot indoors and minimal watering. And it puts out its single leaf every year, no fuss, no bother.

What I didn't mention in my original post was that it was sent to me as a single-leaved plant in 2005, by the same generous Garden Web poster who had sent me my Crassula ovata 'Gollum' two years previously. Thanks, CactusMcHarris!


Aerelonian said...

Wow one leaf a year? I consider myself relatively patient but I think that would drive me mad!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

I don't have one of these. Very interesting plant with one leaf a year. I think it being so slow would drive me crazy!

CactusMcHarris said...

C'est moi? Wow, I'm glad I did, Karen, and it's thoughtful to remind me of Once-upon-a-time-in-the-West plants.

I have several Sans up here (S. patens, among them) and the only one that does worth a tinker's dam is the uber-common S. trifasciata f. variegata.

I'm glad to see that yours is growing so well. I've forgotten what new growth looks like on Ss.

Karen715 said...

@Aerelonian and Candy: Despite being a relatively impatient person, it would never occur to me to be bothered by the Sans's growth rate. You've given me something to think about, and I may be using those thoughts in a post later this week, so thanks.

Jeff: Oui, c'est tu! I consider the plants grown from the cuttings you sent me to be the backbone of my succulent collection, and I am forever grateful.

CactusMcHarris said...


You're the most consistent of the plant cuttings recipients to report on the health and wealth of their plants, but I must say my heart wells with thanks when you say that - so, in order not to get maudlin (would we, could we?) I'll just say that that there comment has made my day, and I do feel lucky and fortunate to count you as a plant pal.